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Benjamin Franklin Butler

Also Known As: ""Beast Butler""
Birthplace: Deerfield, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire
Death: Died in Washington, DC, USA
Place of Burial: Lowell, MA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Captain John Butler and Charlotte Butler
Husband of Sarah Jones Butler
Father of Blanche Ames
Brother of Colonel Andrew Jackson Butler (USA)

Occupation: General, Lawyer
Managed by: Gene Daniell
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About Benjamin Franklin Butler, Major General (USA), Governor, US Representative

"Beast Butler"

Benjamin Franklin Butler (November 5, 1818–January 11, 1893) was an American lawyer and politician who represented Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives and later served as governor of Massachusetts.

During the American Civil War, his administration of occupied New Orleans, his policies regarding slaves as contraband, his ineffectual leadership in the Bermuda Hundred Campaign, and the fiasco of Fort Fisher rank him as one of the most controversial political generals of the war. He was widely reviled for years after the war by Southern whites, who gave him the nickname "Beast Butler."

"in the spring of 1862 he headed the land forces accompanying Farragut's expedition aginst new Orleans. He entered the city on May 1st, 1862, and for eight months ruled it with a high hand. His sensational Order No. 28 provoked a storm of indignation not only in the Confederacy but thoughout Europe: 'When any female shall, by word or gesture or movement, insult or show contempt for any officer or soldier of th United States, she shall be regarded and held liable to be treated as a woman of the town plying her avocation'... 'Beast Butler' was removed on December 16th, 1862, and place in command of the Army of the James. After the war he was a member of Congress... and governor of Massachusetts..." Myers 1972 p. 1480

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Benjamin Franklin Butler, Major General (USA), Governor, US Representative's Timeline

November 5, 1818
Deerfield, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire
Age 19
Waterville, Maine
March 2, 1847
Age 28
Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
January 11, 1893
Age 74
Washington, DC, USA
6 Ashburton Place, Rooms 145&6, Boston
Lowell, MA, USA